The Saint George Trek is Back!
After wildfires and pandemics, the National Catholic Committee has scheduled its next Saint George Trek at the Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico. The application deadline is approaching fast, so if you’re interested, you MUST apply prior to January 15, 2021.
OVERVIEW: The Saint George Trek is The National Catholic Committee on Scouting’s® high adventure Catholic leadership program for older Catholic Scouts and Venture Crew members at Philmont Scout Ranch. The program brings Catholic high school youth from around the country together with selected priests, religious and seminarians for eleven days of backpacking in the context of a vocation retreat.
TIMEFRAME: The 2021 Saint George Trek begins on Wednesday, July 7, 2021 in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where the participants meet, get to know one another, train, have fun and pray. Then it's off to Philmont Scout Ranch where they will hike the Sangre de Cristo Range of the Rocky Mountains. While hiking, they will experience a program that is designed to encourage the integration of morality, values, spirituality, faith, scripture and vocation in their lives as young Catholic Men and Women. Before returning home on Friday, July 23, 2021, they will be asked to commit their own continued discernment as well as bringing their experiences home to their respective dioceses, so they can become effective peer leaders and role models for their fellow scouts.
CANDIDATE QUALIFICATION: The Raleigh Diocese is encouraged to conduct a search and nominate one or two Scouts or Venture Crew members for participants. Candidate nominations should be made on the basis of demonstrated maturity, physical ability, leadership potential, an interest the life of the Church and an openness to the discernment of vocation. The earning of Scouting's Religious Emblems and involvement in church, school and scouting activities should be given consideration. Candidates should be emotionally mature adolescents who will be fifteen years of age on or before July 1, 2021 in High School, no older than 18 years old, and committed to assist their Catholic Committee when they return home. Participants must also have the physical health and stamina to backpack on the mountain trails of Philmont. NO exceptions can be made to these expectations and requirements.
Female scouts and crew members are also encouraged to apply. A female crew is planned pending sufficient female registration.
The Saint George Trek is a one-time only experience for youth. Previous St. George Trek youth participants are not eligible.
ST. GEORGE TREK FEES: The cost of the St. George Trek is $925.00 per participant, however this trek fee will be covered by the Diocese of Raleigh. This fee covers all Philmont Scout Ranch fees, Retreat House lodging in Albuquerque, Philmont and Retreat House Meals, Roundtrip Chartered bus travel between Albuquerque and Philmont. Not Included in Fee is transportation to and from Albuquerque, New Mexico, Personal gear, and Normal personal expenses.
CANDIDATE APPLICATION: Individuals interested in attending the 2021 St. George Trek must submit a ONE-PAGE letter of interest BEFORE JANUARY 15, 2021, to Mr. Frank Jackson, Raleigh Diocese Catholic Committee on Scouting at: firstname.lastname@example.org; or send it via USPS to:
St. Thomas More Catholic Church
Attn: Raleigh Diocese Catholic Committee on Scouting
940 Carmichael Street
Chapel Hill, NC 27514-4203
Additional information can be found on the NCCS website.